Still, the experts say single moms would do well to look for prospects in places other than our glowing screens.

it might be frustrating for you if you want to spend time with your new love and they simply can’t get away.

Try not to take it personally – they probably would want to spend more time with you if they could.

Every time a single parent makes a date they have to find suitable, affordable childcare for their kids and this isn’t always easy.

Meeting for lunch when the kids are at school, or on the weekends if they go to stay with other family members, are sometimes better alternatives to traditional evening dates.

Some people assume that if they are dating a single parent they are expected to take on a parenting role themselves. Concentrate your efforts on developing a good, solid relationship with your date and as time goes on talk to them about the role they would like you to have in their children’s lives.

When you meet your date’s children they may not like you, or you them.

Make sure that you continue to see your date as a man/woman in their own right rather than just as a parent.

Most single parents are dating because they want to shed their role as mum or dad for a while and engage in the adult world.

When you think of a single mom on the dating scene, visions of a 20-something who can barely balance her own checkbook (guilty) probably don’t come to mind.